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Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney winks at the start of a news conference upon the release of the Monetary Policy Report in Ottawa.
Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney winks at the start of a news conference upon the release of the Monetary Policy Report in Ottawa.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Carney’s goodbye: the most uncomfortable party in town?

The numbered invitations were supposed to be to one of the hottest gatherings in Toronto – Thursday evening’s fête for departing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney.

Instead, it may now be the most awkward gathering on anyone’s social calendar.

Mr. Carney was supposed to pop into a Toronto room at six o’clock to mingle with some of the most distinguished financial names in the country. (Security is so tight even bank chief executives have been warned: you won’t be let in without the numbered original.) The occasion was an opportunity to see Mr. Carney off as he heads abroad this summer to take over as head of the Bank of England.